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years ago. also speaking tonight, first lady michelle obama. her job, reach out to women voters of both parties. cnn's edlavendera has a closer look. but, first, dana bash, what are the main priorities that democrats will be pushing tonight? >> reporter: well, democratic officials say the main priority is to remind people that this just isn't just about whether or not they should fire or hire again president obama. it's that it's going to be a choice. and this is really if you talk to any strategist of any party kind of the way you run an incumbent's re-election campaign. that it is a choice between the president and mitt romney. so they'll try to what they say is crystallize that choice between the two men. and they're also going to try to emphasize the fact that as president obama has been doing for months that they believe that the democratic party is the party for the middle class. and also talk about, they say, the accomplishments that they feel that the president hasn't gotten enough credit for, bailing out the auto industry. they believe the health care bill. they'll talk about t
and his wife, michele obama. >> michele was unbelievable. >> and joe biden. >> john kerry. >> john kerry did well, biden did well, clinton was incredible, michele obama was incredible. but you know, it -- >> it's a high bar to clear for the guy. >> and also, though, if you want to compare it to tampa, i mean, obviously so much -- >> they had to hold everyone back. >> so much better than everybody at tampa. we're not going to even -- but as far as substance goes, i agree. >> beautiful. >> he said nothing, but he said nothing so much better than mitt romney said nothing. >> yeah. >> which i was talking -- >> that's it. >> let's be clear, we were talking about how high the bar was for obama. talk about mitt romney, it's a low bar for mitt romney to clear that bar. he was somewhere in between those things. i thought the first two-thirds of the speech, and many people have said this, it did feel like a state of the union speech. little bit of a laundry list and very -- not just as mark said, not only did he say nothing new, he said nothing bold and he said nothing very specific. you know, one
michelle obama. [ cheers and applause ] >> one by one, he dissected the romney campaign's major arguments against president obama, including attacks about health care reform and medicare made by vice presidential candidate paul ryan. >> that $716 billion is exactly to the dollar the same amount of medicare savings that he had in his own budget. [ applause ] >> it takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did. >> reporter: he went on, addressing welfare reform and the economy. >> in tampa, the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple. pretty snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in. >> reporter: he acknowledged the economy is still in recovery. but he asks -- >> are we better off than we were when he took office? >> reporter: president clinton did work in a plug or two for his own economic performance in the '90s. >> people ask me all the time how we got our budgets passed. what new ideas did we bring to washington? i always bring a one-word answer. ar
clinton had to say. bill clinton hit a home run, michelle obama hit a home run. now it's barack obama to carry it forward. he can't get by with a ground ruled double tonight. he these hit a home run. i mean, they've set a bar that is that high. i mean, there have been two exceptional nights, michelle obama and bill clinton. and while david and i were quite admiring of governor christie in tampa, there was nobody at the republican event that established anything to the same standard, i think, that barack obama needs to do. >> ifill: the republican campaign officials told me that the first night with michelle obama was supposed to be about heart and values and the second night was the prosecution and what's tonight supposed to be about with the president? >> i hope it's about the future. it better be. as you say, we know about what's in him, we saw the argument against the republicans, i went back and read the speech this morning and when i was looking for what the future was going to be, there was nothing. there was one sentence. so that better be what this is about. a candidate for of
. look what has happened over the past couple of days. to call what first lady obama, michelle obama did on tuesday tonight a speech is to almost be an insult. that was a conversation. that was a national conversation about her values, her family values, and what she and the president, how they were raised. how he governs. that was enormous. that speech will be talked about for the next five decades in what michelle obama did. last night, bill clinton, that was a textbook explanation of what's really been going on over the last four years and the president broke it down as if he was talking to each of us individually in a personal conversation. he just laid out the case, which i think sets a platform for tonight, for the president to hit a home run. >> all right. one of the parts of political conventions when there's a president running for re-election a lot of chatter who is looking at 2016. you're going to like this, mr. mayor, cory booker visited the iowa delegation and revealed i had 94-year-old grandmother was born in iowa. >> the population of iowa grows -- there's way more people
with the military people. and in talking about veterans and jobs, the work of michelle obama and jill biden, he's bridged this international and domestic divide in ways -- >> i think you're right. the idea of the first lady and dr. biden, the second lady if you will, making a point of almost like in a civil war setting. that women taking an interest in mostly guys are getting injured badly or killed. and being out there and addressing them as individuals that are important years after the battle. >> and that is what's so unpleasant, distasteful if you will, about romney's reply on fox. when he -- imagine you're a troop in afghanistan. you know, it's 110 degrees. you're walking around with a pack and a weapon. imagine you have a loved one who is. and you hear him or her referred to as a laundry list. that's a dehumanizing of what these people are doing. to romney it's just another issue. i don't need to deal with this issue in this speech. it's not a laundry list. it's human beings. >> i like to think -- i remember this story of a super bowl game. i'm watching the pilots go over when they do it.
. as their convention kicks off in charlotte. >> first lady michelle obama will be the headliner on the first night at the convention. >> this whole idea of folks better off now than they were four years ago, that's the central question to the election. >> the president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you that you're better off. >> you want to know whether you're better off? i got a little bumper sticker for you. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. >>> a massive wildfire raging right now in southern california. >> only 5% contained. the fire has burned 3,600 acres. >> i don't want this place to burn up. >> it has been one week since isaac slammed into the gulf coast, and still tens of thousands are in the dark. >> president obama visited a parish hit hard by hurricane isaac on monday. >> democrat or republican, we're all just americans looking out for one another. >> a close call for a homeowner. a moose attacked him. >> scared the crap out of me. do not jump on my car, mr. moose. >> you add in a bulldozer in a very crowded parking lot, angry by-standers, an
antonio mayor jewulian castro a will wrap up with a speech by first lady michelle obama. tomorrow will include speeches by massachusetts senate candidate elizabeth warren and former president bill clinton followed by the delegate roll call to nominate president obama for a second term. >> did you see the article in politico about how elizabeth warren is a star here but is having trouble gaining traction in massachusetts. mike, you said it a long time ago, she is a national star for the democratic party but in her own state she's trailing by 5 points and there a lot of democrats that always vote democrat that like brown. they say he's one of us, he's what we would say in the south a good ol' boy. he's not exactly good ol' boy but he talks like those guys who call into boston radio stations bitching about the red sox. that's his persona. i don't know if that's really him but he's got it now. >> again, these two guys can tell you, maybe buttress this point of view, massachusetts is more than cambridge and beacon hill. it's a very moderate state once you get past 128, the outer beltwa
first lady michelle obama addressing the convention. >> ifil ray suarez is down there among the delegates where he'll be everyday and every night all week. ray? >> suarez: gwen and judy, the convention, as harry noted, was gaveled into order by debbie wasserman schultz and will turn to official business and housekeeping but now as official t official delegates are making their way into the hall it's well and truly under way with a parade of speakers including the first woman bishop of the african methodist episcopal church, the leader of the international service employees international union, mary kay henry, and the first woman three-star general in the u.s. army, claudia kennedy. it's interesting, they get to make the rebuttal case as the republican had their convention last week but you can already hear a mirror image of america being presented by the speakers of this convention. earlier financial journalists and author andrew tobias spoke of the democrats' support for same-sex marriage, which was widely deplored last week in tampa and earlier one of the secretaries of th
. that means making sure our laws preserve that right. >> wow. welcome back to "hardball." that was michelle obama speaking at the congressional black caucus this saturday night. she was referring to the concerted effort since 2010 of course to make it more difficult to vote, especially minoritiemi. this map shows the 17 states where laws have been passed since then making it tougher to vote now than it was in the last -- harder than the last election. so this year it's even more important that everyone who is eligible to vote i think get registered to vote and fight for that right to vote. today is national voter reg strikes day in this country. it's a two-pronged effort to get people register nded and make sure people know what sorts of documentation they need to vote on election day or earlier. mark morel is the president of the urban league and sponsored the national voter registration day, victoria is an nbc latino contributor. i want to talk, mark, thank you so much for coming on. here is your chance to make the case to people who might be disillusioned or discouraged because they've h
broadcasting live from charlotte, north carolina. jon: we have michelle obama on night number one. bill clinton on night number two. then we move to the stadium. 77,000 you think. martha: hopefully no thunderstorms. bill: enjoy your families today have a gait barbecue. happy lable about day to you. martha: happy labor day to you at home. "happening now" starts right now. jon: gearing up for the democratic national convention on this labor day. good morning i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, i'm jenna lee. we're live on the convention floor where democrats are descending on charlotte where this week they will renominate president obama for a second term. the president and vice president aren't quite there yet. campaigning in a few other battleground states among other things. but the gop vice-presidential nominee is in north carolina. paul ryan is set to hold a rally roughly two hours from now. host city charlotte celebrating labor day with a festival in the heart of all the convention activity. wendell goler is live in the thick of it all with more for us. hi, there, wendell. >> reporter:
covered, fox news team coverage from charlotte where we are hearing first lady michelle obama may be about to do a walk-through of the arena. meanwhile, a half a world away we're learning of some major terror arrests in india. members of the group tied to the horrific mumbai attack four years ago may have been planning new attacks. a live report. >>> and a frightening scene at a monster truck rally here in the u.s. we have more of this scary video to show you coming up. jenna: well, to holiday for politics and no holiday for the team of "happening now." jon: that's right. jenna: and we're willing to not have a holiday. jon: happy to be here today. [laughter] jenna: we really are, because it is a big week ahead. democrats and republicans hitting the campaign trail, north carolina's gearing up for the democratic national convention. it is their turn this week, the democrats. we're glad your with us on this labor day, i'm jenna lee. jon: plus we get free barbecue lunch down the hallway. jenna: do we? jon: i think we do. [laughter] the president addressing a rally of united autoworkers in tole
school in hawaii, the guy that went to harvard -- >> if you saw michelle obama's speech -- >> that taught law school at the university of chicago, it fed into that narrative that he looked down on working class americans as people clinging to their -- >> no. >> i think both of the -- and i think it was devastating. i think it killed him in pennsylvania, he lost by ten points to hillary. he paid a great political price for it. and jon meacham, i would suggest he deserved to pay a great political price for those elitist comments out in san francisco. but now moving forward, i think we're going to see mitt romney, the same thing happen to mitt romney here, except this is again, this is in the general election campaign. this is not in the primary. >> 50 days out. >> man, i'll tell you what, this has been -- and we need to talk about this. i know it's 23 past, we've got to get going, but you combine the libyan press conference with this -- >> the politico stuff about -- >> the politico stuff, this has been a horrible week. the race is not over. he can turn it around. but this is one of the wor
at the democratic convention you might think added to president obama. bill clinton. michele gave a good speech, i think. bottom line politically bill clinton not to out of the park. >> added to president obama, but that he's attracted because she reminded the democrats a wonderful life used to be. more prosperous, but also a more normal, more same -- mainstream centers democratic party. no connection that he has ever. he is focusing on abortion, contraception, and the marriage. that is not high in anybody's polls. so, you are not here. obviously everybody is talking about this dismal jobs report. what is the political take away? >> i think it's going to be basically a a jump ball. unemployment is down. 367,000 people left the work force. >> it's not good. >> it's not good. bottom line, 70 percent think the economy is in bad shape, 65 percent said the country is off on the wrong track. that's not going to change before the election. the election is died. i fully expect it will stay tied into the debates. >> what do you think will be the breaking point? >> it's going to be the debates. for the firs
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